Owners of Darden Restaurants (NYSE: DRI) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 50 cents per share. At a price of $50.11 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4%. The average volume for Darden Restaurants has been 2.0 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Darden Restaurants has a market cap of $6.6 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 13.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Jim Cramer's Protégé, Dave Peltier, only buys dividend stocks that have the potential for a 3% to 4% yield and 10% growth. Get his best picks for less than $50/year. Darden Restaurants, Inc. owns and operates full service restaurants in the United States and Canada. It operates restaurants under the Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, The Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, Eddie V's Prime Seafood, and Wildfish Seafood Grille brand names. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.43. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Darden Restaurants a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 16 rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Darden Restaurants as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full Darden Restaurants Ratings Report now.